In an homage to Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, Woody Allen leads an all-star cast in this dark comedy about a successful novelist suffering from writer’s block who is about to be honored by the university that once kicked him out.
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TV, rewatched. The weariness of a formula and yet, it was the last moment that Allen made his New York and his characters this way, before he got into the anodyne productive machine he became. The sequence in hell, for example, is a totally graceful moment.
Woody-Harry-Ken obsessed with women, all women, the neighbor, the saleswoman, the elevator girl, the sister-in-law, except his wife. Glory to ALLEN for this humor masterpiece about our dear male fantasy == Woody-Harry-Ken obsédé par les femmes, toutes les femmes, la voisine, la vendeuse, celle de l'ascenseur, la belle-soeur, sauf sa femme. Gloire à ALLEN pour ce chef d'oeuvre d'humour sur notre cher fantasme masculin
This is easily the best movie Woody Allen has done since he and Mia Farrow parted ways and his career started getting spotty. It has the wild comic invention of his early work and the sardonic wit he's known for is razor sharp here. Taking Ingmar Bergman's WILD STRAWBERRIES and rebuilding the concept as a comedy, this might be the last truly great film Woody Allen will make.
Essentially this is Allen's Wild Strawberries with the usual mix of Fellini that he likes to sprinkle on his films sometimes but for the most part it is pure Allen insanity and it is beautifully funny and raunchy while still being profound, if not a bit pretentious. Perhaps his most entertaining film.